Headed to Oklahoma City this May? If you are, you’ll find a lot of fun spring events. We have a lot going on year-round, of course, but in May, OKC events tend to start moving outdoors. We’ve got to get in as much as possible before the dreaded summer heat waves hit! Here are some select activities going on in OKC in May.
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Do you love Shakespeare? If you do, you don’t want to miss any of this season’s Oklahoma Shakespeare in the Park. This year, the group is moving back to the Myriad Garden’s Water Stage. The Myriad Gardens have finally finished being renovated, so now’s the perfect time to check them out and stay for a show. The water stage now features more permanent seating, so you don’t even need to bring blankets or lawn chairs!
The Summer 2011 schedule looks to be really good. All shows start at 8:00 pm. Here are the shows being produced this season:
Every time I drive down Northwest 23rd street, I see the great old Tower Theatre sign. For years, it’s been slowly falling apart as the theatre has been abandoned. However, last time I was down that way, I noticed something: the sign had been restored and looked as good as new!
This prompted me to do a little research into the Tower Theatre. It was built in 1936 as one of the first suburban movie theatres in Oklahoma City. Since then, it has hosted a number of movies, including a record-breaking run of the hit “The Sound of Music.” However, in the 1970s, few people visited the Tower any more, and it soon fell into decline. It showed some older films and hosted live music performances for a few years, but it soon closed down.
If you don’t know who Kristin Chenoweth is, well, then either you don’t really follow musical theater or you’re not from Oklahoma. Actually, Ms. Chenoweth is no longer just a musical theater personality—she’s branched out into television and music. In fact, she won an Emmy award for her role on the great television series Pushing Daisies last year. She also won a Tony for her role as Sally Brown in the musical You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown and created the role of Glinda the Good Witch in Wicked. Some of her other television roles include appearing in over thirty episodes of The West Wing and guest starring on Glee and American Idol.
Art thou ready for another great season of Oklahoma Shakespeare in the Park? If you love seeing some of the Bard’s classic plays performed in the beautiful outdoor weather, then I’m sure you are. OK, maybe the weather isn’t always that beautiful right now (the temperature is hitting over 100 every day!), but the performances are in the evening when it starts to cool off. This year’s season is being performed at the Myriad Gardens Water Stage, which brings a whole new look to the performances.
If you’ve got teens, changes are you’ve had to sit through countless viewings of the High School Musical movies. Now the stage version of High School Musical 2 is coming to the Oklahoma City Civic Center. This musical will run from June 25 to June 28. There will be five shows in all, one each evening (7:30 on the 25th and 8:00 on the other three nights) and a matinee performance at 2:00 pm on Saturday.
If you love theater and you love the story of The Lion King, why not combine the two and go see Disney’s The Lion King musical! This amazing show is making its Oklahoma City debut at the Civic Center Music Hall. It opened on April 21st, and it will run through May 23rd. In addition to some incredible costumes, the musical features many of the hit songs from the movie, including “Can You Feel the Love Tonight” and the theme song, “Circle of Life.” For tickets and show times, visit the Civic Center’s website at http://www.okcciviccenter.org/index.html.
The movie-going experience in Oklahoma City has been kicked up a notch. While Tinsel Town theater is nice and Harkens has a huge movie screen, neither is as luxurious as the Warren Theater in the Oklahoma City suburb of Moore. In fact, it may now be the second thing Moore is known for (the first being the biggest tornado magnet in the state—Moore has been wiped off the map more times than any other place in Oklahoma!).